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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

My Month In Words | July 2016 Part 1

"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition."
Henry James

Welcome to part one of the July edition of My Month In Words. I've decided to split the month of July into two parts as it was pretty packed full of stuff and I suck at trimming things down. Catch part two in a day or two. If you missed my June instalment you can find it here. July felt like a long month. Some of the things that happened feel like forever ago. Some great things happened and some not so great things happened but thankfully, I feel like the good things made up for the crappy parts and I hope it all makes for a fun read. Enjoy!

At the beginning of the month I decided to try to utilise Instagram more as I'd been posting sporadically for a while. I'm also trying to put more thought into what I post, so it's still very much a pictorial glimpse into my life but more aesthetically pleasing. In my opinion at least. Well. it has paid off so far as I hit 600 followers at the beginning of the month and I've had almost one per day since then. That may not seem a lot to others but I'm really happy. If you haven't checked out my Instagram yet, please do! You can find it here.

This month threw up a blip on my road to independent living. The whole thing was very emotionally draining and really not good for my stress and anxiety. I felt very hopeless and again like I was swapping one lack of independence for another. I'm not going to go too deep into it in this post as I think it probably deserves a post of it's own at some point but basically the whole thing put me at a bit of a standstill again. I've decided to go down another route where my care package is concerned but we've put that on the back burner until my house is properly accessible. I'll explain my reasoning for that in a later post. I feel less hopeless now thanks to the words of wisdom from some of my friends but I'm hoping we can get things moving along soon.

A big highlight of the month was having the opportunity to review Fast Connection by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson. I'd been excited for this release for some time as I immensely enjoyed the first instalment of the series. So to receive an arc was just amazing. The book did not disappoint at all and if you haven't read my review please check it out here. I can't recommend it enough.

Well, this was a little bit of a high and a low in the month. The three Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks I had ordered arrived. Which should have been an awesome thing because I love his makeup but it was tainted by the fact I learned what a douche he is. So it's safe to say that these will be the last purchases I make from him as I don't want to support someone like that. If you're wondering what I'm talking about there are many YouTube videos cataloguing all his bad behaviour. 

I did however get some other awesome makeup too and I've decided that rather than do a Jeffree Star makeup review I'm just going to do a haul post of all the makeup that I got recently. So look out for that.

My snail babies moved into a bigger tank at the beginning of the month and to be honest they're already outgrowing it. At the end July I re-homed two of them to a friend of a friend. She was a really nice lady and she was super excited to come collect them. She had only planned to take one but ended up taking a second one. She named them Gary and Brutus. It was really nice seeing them go to someone who was genuinely hella excited. I just wish I could find the others homes too. In July I also posted two snail related blog posts so if you missed them you can check them out here and here

Speaking of snails, my sister found this little cutie in her tank. It's around two weeks old and was from a clutch of eggs she disposed off a few weeks ago. I don't know how they managed to survive in the tank the last couple of weeks, especially during egg checks but other than being slightly underweight they seem to be fine. So we re-homed two baby snails and found another one, bringing us back up to eight snails we need to re-home. 

I had an appointment at the respiratory clinic to retake a overnight sleep study because the one I did a couple of months back didn't work. This meant I had to go to Belfast one day to collect the monitor and take it back early the next day. My dad took me to collect the oximeter and Eva and I went on the train to take it back the morning after. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and do a bit of shopping while we were in Belfast. We got the 10:30am train, which was no small feat for us and we even picked up breakfast from the shop on the way to the train stop.

I don't usually like eating in public but I needed fuel if I was going to get through a day of clothes shopping. Especially that early in the day. It's a rare occasion that I'm out before 2pm. We dropped the monitor off at the City Hospital and then made our way into the centre of Belfast. We hit the Disney Store first because well, this is me we're talking about. I didn't plan on buying any clothes so I treated myself to a couple of things in the Disney Store. What I bought will be featured in a haul post later this week. We then went to Primark and I was very wrong about me not buying any clothes. I ended up buying quite a few new things. I can never resist a Primark bargain. If you want to check out what I bought you can see my Primark haul from that trip here.

When we'd finished our shopping we grabbed some food and a drink at Cafe Nero before catching the train home. It was a long and tiring day but it was also really fun.

In July we celebrated the Eleventh Night and the Twelfth. I wrote a post about the Twelfth last year and you can check it out here if you want to learn a little more what it's about. In short, on the 11th July there's bonfires all over Northern Ireland. Then on the 12th of July there are parades. Although I am not religious anymore, driving around the bonfires and going to the parades has been a tradition of ours. And despite our living situation being different, this year was no different.

Usually after the parade we go to a big field where there are stalls and stuff but this year we didn't bother. Instead me and my sister, dad and aunt all went to Subway to get something to eat. We then did a little bit of shopping.

July seemed to be the month of sponsored posts and aside from receiving the arc of Fast Connection to review, I also got two subscription boxes to review. I don't foresee this being something that happens often but I guess these opportunities are just like buses. I just happened to have a few come along at once. As well as the arc I received a mini Japan Funbox and the #paperhaul subscription box by Crafty Creatives. Reviews are one of my favourite things to write so I had a lot of fun with these, particularly the #paperhaul. If you missed it you can find the Japan Funbox review here (review removed after issue with brand) and the #paperhaul review here.

The eagerly anticipated Looking: The Movie premiered on the 23rd of July and I couldn't watch it fast enough. Although it was bittersweet that it had to end, I have to say I was happy how it ended. It was a really sweet little movie and I was glad we got to have that. If you haven't watched Looking then I really recommend checking the series and then the film out. Though don't blame me if you want to shun HBO after.

That's it for part one of July's edition of My Month In Words. Read about the rest of what I got up to in July in my next post.


  1. I loved this! You seemed to have a busy July my dear!!

    Despite the drama surrounding Jeffree Star, the lipsticks are gorgeous! I may like that black one just a little bit too much! My mom won't let me buy one. :(

  2. Love your month in words round-up and it looks like you've been nice and busy! I must watch Looking, I've ehard lots of good things and a couple of friends have recommended it to me a few times now so it's on my list! Hope the transition to living independently is going OK too, though I imagine it has been stressful from what you mentioned, but I hope this doesn't last long and it will get easier. :) Lovely photos from the parade too - I love horses so as soon as that photo popped up I was smiling. Those lipstick shades are so pretty too! - Tasha

  3. Woah you got up a lot! I don't know how to feel about the Jeffree Star thing because I've just got myself up to date with it all by YouTube and his response video seems quite genuine whereas Kat's feels a little like she just jumped on a bandwagon but he does slam her a little in his video rather than just be all forgive and forget like he *appears* to be. It's a shame that's tainted your opinion of his products though. Just remember a brand ambassador only really input the look and feel of a brand there's a lot more people behind the scenes who have the know how to make it awesome :)

    Mel ★ meleaglestone.co.uk

  4. Great post :) I always love your 'My Month In Words' posts. I'm lovin' your updates about your GALS; they are so cute! I was so disheartened when I learnt about all the stuff that Jeffree Star has said. I was really shocked :( The celebrations for the Eleventh Night & the Twelve sound awesome. I love bonfires! It sounds like you had an awesome time.

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey


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